Grateful Dead

March 14 - March 20, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our weekly dose of Dead, where this week we'll check out music spanning a little over a decade in Grateful Dead history, 1977-1990. And we'd like wish Phil a Happy Birthday!!!

Our first stop this week is on 4/29/77, the first night of a 5-night run at the Palladium in New York City, a venue that was previously known as the Academy of Music. From 4/29, we have Samson and Delilah, Sugaree>El Paso, Brown Eyed Women. The next night was released as the first-ever installment of the Grateful Dead's download series way back in 2005, and to this day remains a terrific addition to the officially-released music from the majestic April-May, 1977 tour.

Next up is more music from the New York City area, from 3/29/85 at Nassau Coliseum, where we're pleased to bring you the entire first set of Cold Rain and Snow, Down In The Bottom/Ain't Superstitious, Friend of the Devil, Supplication Jam>My Brother Esau, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Don't Ease Me In. You'll notice a harmonica player on that bluesy medley early in the show, and that's none-other than Matt Kelly, Bob's good friend and Kingfish and early-RatDog co-conspirator.

Lastly this week is the entire first set from 3/16/90, the final night at the Cap Center on the tour-opening run of shows, and what a run it was! Enjoy: Let The Good Times Roll ; Touch Of Grey ; New Minglewood Blues ; Peggy-O ; Queen Jane Approximately ; Loser ; Black Throated Wind ; Bird Song ; Blow Away. That's the first Black-Throated Wind in 16 years, and as you can hear, Bob tweaked the words for the return of the song, although this new lyric would only last for a few performances before he returned to the original lyric, which he still sings to this day.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great music, and as always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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melloslo's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2007

Jerry is in great form on the Palladium set.


Joined: May 17 2010
Thanks David!

As always, thanks for the audio treats. It is always a highlight of any week to catch snippets I've enjoyed for years or to hear something new!

stone jack baller's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
What a Sugaree!

Not comparing it to other taped versions, but this one was incredible live....Jerry ON FIRE!

Joined: Aug 27 2008
Great selection

More from 4/29/77 - the only other selections from this show are on my copy of Download Series Vol 1: Sugaree, Scarlet> GDTRFB.
Listenting to both of the 1st sets of 3/29/85 & 3/16/90 makes me appreciate good 1st sets, like these even more.

Thank you very much!

mp51's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007

i was at this run. who can forget the next night(?) with the truckin' opening, china-rider to end the first set, and scarlet-fire opening the 2nd set. but what i remember about this show, was when matt kelly was out there blowin' the harp, mickey and billy were chunkin' drumsticks at him! too funny...

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
awesome jams!

Thanks for the extensive jammy goodness this week, David! All top-notch stuff. Love the Supplication jam from '85. The 3/16 stuff is the shit!! Of course, the night before is epic too!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Brent '90

His keyboard work during this tour and the Summer that followed was by and far my favorite of their 30 years together as The Grateful Dead. The fills he did on Birdsong from the Cap Center performance above are absolutely amazing. The version of Blow Away is also top notch.

Brent passed in his and during the Deads prime. :(

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great choices all around.....

Back in '90 during the spring tour, my buddy and I were at the Omni shows and had met a taper fellow from Pennsylvania who had lost his friends somewhere at the shows. We offered to let him room with us at our hotel and he made copies of most of the shows from that spring tour that he had recorded himself. Among them were the Cap Center run. Great memories and top notch performances.

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
First Sets First

Hey Man,
Diggin' the Monday Morning Complete 1st set thing
It just works somehow
I generally set aside the heavy 2nd set space exploring
and break it out from Friday to Sunday(Maxell guy in easy chair)
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh


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